Yaka fetish statue very well done with its snub nose and bulging eyes. Two bundles filled with magical substances are bound on both sides of the body. Lovely Dark patina. The arts of the Yaka people are very much alive today. The statues that contain magic ingredients, the biteki (nkisi), are multi-functional and sometimes have contradictory roles, for example, they were used to heal and to cause illness. The medications are placed in the figure’s abdomen, which is closed up with a resin stopper, or enclosed in small bags hung around the neck or waist. All nkisi figures are manipulated by a diviner to activate a force which can either inflict illness or protect one’s clan from illness or harm, depending upon the particular set of circumstances. The diviner has an important position in Yaka society because he owns and activates powerful objects, including some masks, that can protect or harm.
Very good condition.
15 Inches Tall
5 1/4 Inches Wide
4 Inches Deep
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